Self-guided tours

© Paul Pascal / Département de Loire-Atlantique

Self-guided tours

Stroll at your own pace through the Château grounds. Download our map to find your way around.

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Games for the whole family (in French)

Download and print our activity booklets for children. Activities include observations, drawing and colouring to have fun while exploring the Château!

Download the booklet on the desired theme

Self-guided tours with the mobile application Baludik (in French)

Download the Voyage dans le Temps treasure hunt in the Baludik app on the App Store or Google Play.

You’ll discover the historical figures of this thousand-year-old Château as you hunt for the doyen and his secret. Will you be able to solve the puzzle?

The podcast "La maîtresse, les bijoux et François 1er" (in French)

Settle in on your sofa or on the grass in the gardens of the Château de Châteaubriant. Dive deep into the Renaissance period and learn about Françoise de Foix, a major female historical figure.

Click to listen to the 4-episode podcast

Spaces to discover

The 3D space in the Grand Logis (main residence)

Rediscover the first keep of the 11th century, witness the siege of 1488, or browse through the Renaissance galleries. This is what you’ll experience in the renovated Grand Logis, thanks to a multimedia installation combining a touch screen interface and a large format display!

More information on this digital space

The multimedia space in the house of the Duc d'Aumale

Discover the introductory video presenting the historical, geographical and geopolitical context of the construction of the château de Châteaubriant.

More information about the house of the Duc d'Aumale

The Golden Chamber

Some time around 1516, Françoise de Foix (1494-1537), wife of Jean de Laval, became the mistress of King François I of France (1494-1547). Around 1526, abandoned by the king and excluded from the Court, she returned to her lands in Châteaubriant. She died suddenly on the night of 16th October 1537, giving rise to an enduring legend. Her husband, jealous of her relationship with the king, supposedly had her murdered in her bedroom, the golden chamber, leaving a large pool of blood on the floor. Legend has it that each year, on the anniversary of her death, the ghost of Françoise de Foix appears in her bedroom, followed by the ghosts of King François I and her husband Jean de Laval.

The room now houses the epitaph of Françoise de Foix and a multimedia installation devoted to the history and legend of this illustrious former resident, as well as the work done to restore the Golden Chamber in the 1990s.

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